• Voltaire Collection

  • Micromegas, Candide, and Zadig
  • By: Voltaire
  • Narrated by: Arthur Rowan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Voltaire Collection includes three of Voltaire's most notable works: Micromegas, Candide, and Zadig.

François-Marie Arouet, known by his nom de plume Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his criticism of Christianity - especially the Roman Catholic Church - as well as his advocacy of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and separation of church and state.

Voltaire was a versatile and prolific writer, producing works in almost every literary form, including plays, poems, novels, essays, histories, and scientific expositions. He wrote more than 20,000 letters and 2,000 books and pamphlets.

He was an outspoken advocate of civil liberties and was at constant risk from the strict censorship laws of the Catholic French monarchy. His polemics witheringly satirized intolerance, religious dogma, and the French institutions of his day.

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Nice compilation

This is the first book I have read/listened to anything by this author. I found these to be as expected, quite outspoken for the time they were written. No wonder they’re considered classics.
This book has some funny translations used in which current common phrases were used - like “brought them up to speed”. ——-
This is the first book I have listened to by this narrator ( Arthur Rowan ) and I would listen to another. He uses various accents to good effect to differentiate the characters. He adds expression to his narration. ——-

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
Please feel free to comment on whether you found my review helpful.

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Great Collection!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I cannot praise Voltaire enough. These are classic books for a reason. This is honestly the first time I have listened to or read anything by Voltaire and I cannot believe that I waited until now. He was a very forward-thinker for his time and everything about this collection screams that.

The narrator was very impressive. He was great with voice control and was able to bring life into the collection.

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What did I try to listen to??

While Voltaire was born in 1694, I think he may have invented crack behind the scenes for himself. I don’t know what I was listening to but pretty sure he was on some serious drugs when coming up with the material. The storyteller was great and did what he could, but the story is bonkers.